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Amber Ruffin, John Lutz, and Conner O'Malley Go Through Seth Meyers's Luggage in This Emmy Awards Preview

Seth Meyers is hosting this year's Emmys on Monday August 25th, and NBC released a short teaser today that features Late Night writers Amber Ruffin, John Lutz, and Conner O'Malley as a trio of TSA agents who rummage through Seth's TV show-themed luggage.

'Nathan for You's Dumb Starbucks Episode Is Finally Here, and He's Selling His Parody Art on eBay

Nathan for You's Dumb Starbucks episode aired last night, but before opening up the store Fielder had to prove — for legal reasons — that he had a history of making parody art. To do this, he first hooked up with the LA coffee shop owner he originally intended to help to write some parody songs, but soon after he decided to pursue a parody art career on his own, which you can check out in the above clip. Fielder also announced today that the show is auctioning off his parody art pieces on eBay for charity, so if you've always dreamed of a "T.G.I. Fart" sign hanging on [...]

Scott Aukerman and Seth Meyers Talk 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' and 'Between Two Ferns'

On last night's Late Night, Meyers and fellow talk show host Scott Aukerman chatted about everything from Comedy Bang! Bang's rise from podcast to IFC show to what it was like directing President Obama in the hit Between Two Ferns episode earlier this year. Click through for the second clip from the interview.

Craig Ferguson Thinks His Late Night Replacement Should "Unquestionably Be a Female"

"Back in May, Craig [Ferguson] and I switched places so I could 'audition' for the job he's vacating at the end of the year—and guess what, the world did not explode! During the commercial break, Craig used our few minutes off-air to encourage me to go after the position in earnest. He also added that he thinks it should unquestionably be a female to replace him. Go, Craig!"

- VH1 and online talk show host Carrie Keagan breaks down why major networks should start hiring more women for their late night shows in a new piece for Vanity Fair, which also reveals Craig Ferguson's opinion on who should [...]

Inside 'Nathan For You' with Co-Creator Michael Koman

Michael Koman is the co-creator of two of the best comedies on TV — Nathan For You and Eagleheart – and he's about to add a third to his roster. Koman is gearing up for production on an yet-to-be-titled Adult Swim sitcom that pairs Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Jack McBrayer, which Koman co-created with Robert Smigel and David Feldman. After spending seven years on the writing staff of Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Koman left the late night world, and he's since become some sort of anti-Chuck Lorre, responsible for multiple TV shows that are some of the most original and funny things currently happening on TV. Nathan For [...]

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog Roasts the Nerds of Comic-Con

Back in May, Adult Swim announced that they had ordered an untitled half-hour series starring 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer and Robert Smigel's Triumph the Insult Comic Dog co-created by Smigel, Michael Koman, and David Feldman, and at Comic-Con the group talked about what we can expect from the series — that is, when Triumph wasn't preoccupied burning the audience and panel moderator Leonard Maltin. While the only new casting news is the addition of Nebraska's June Squibb, Smigel told the audience that they are really hoping to get Sam Donaldson to play one of Triumph's poker buddies, and Koman described the show as part scripted sitcom and part multi-cam [...]

The Social Media Graveyard of Canceled Comedies

Dozens and dozens of new shows premiere each new TV season (and mid-season, and off-season) but only a handful live to see season two. These days, a new show has to use every tool in its arsenal to attract viewers as quickly as possible: splashy advertising, big name guest stars, over-the-top promos, and of course, a blockbuster web presence, one that gathers fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr who will then faithfully promote the show with homemade image macros and clever hashtags born from love. But while a show might leave our airwaves, a Facebook fan page is forever. What becomes of the social media accounts of canceled shows? 

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TV Land Orders 'The Gaffigan Show' to Series

Despite not getting picked up by CBS in May, Jim Gaffigan's new show has finally found a home. Deadline reports that TV Land has ordered 10 episodes of The Gaffigan Show, which centers on Gaffigan's life as a standup and father "who struggles with an insatiable appetite" and is co-created by Gaffigan and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me) and also stars Ashley Williams, Adam Goldberg, and Michael Ian Black. While no premiere date has been announced yet, The Gaffigan Show will debut sometime next year, and Comedy Central will be airing episodes a week after they originally air on TV Land.

Saturday Night's Children: Morwenna Banks (1995)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 38 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

While there are plenty of SNL cast members whose stints didn't last many episodes — see Laurie Metcalf, Dan Vitale, and Ben Stiller — British sketch and voice actress Morwenna Banks holds the record of the shortest repertory player tenure with a mere four episodes under her belt at the end of the show's twentieth season in 1995. Four episodes [...]

Stephen Colbert Unveils His New iPhone Game 'I'd Tap That!'

After learning about the ridiculous amount of money Kim Kardashian is making off her new celebrity-themed iPhone game, Colbert decided to create his own app last night called I'd Tap That!, which doesn't seem as addictive as Kardashian's app but at least is more up front about its money-grubbing.

Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen Talk About 'SNL' and Their Other Shows for 'Variety'

To celebrate both of their Emmy nominations, Variety recently sat down with Lena Dunham and Fred Armisen for a hybrid interview/conversation that covers everything from their thoughts on each other's shows Girls and Portlandia to what it's like to perform on SNL. Here's both of them talking about Lorne Michaels and his behind-the-scenes skills and power:

Armisen: Lorne gives the most valuable kind of notes. I don't know how he knows. I don't know if he has like some secret connection to my brain but he addresses questions that I haven't asked yet and then I feel better about a whole season. In a sentence, he can diffuse [...]

Jon Stewart Celebrates 15 Years of Mocking CNN on 'The Daily Show'

Last week, Jon Stewart announced his fake Kickstarter campaign to buy CNN, but guest and CNN's own Fareed Zakaria insisted that The Daily Show doesn't have what it takes to run the 24-hour news network. Thankfully Stewart took some time to prove Zakaria wrong last night by playing tons of old Daily Show clips showing all the great suggestions he's offered CNN over the years, and he even made a website LetsBuyCNN.com so all his Kickstarter backers can have a say in the network's future.

Season 6 of 'The League' Premieres on FXX September 3rd

The League is coming back on FX's sister network FXX, and it now has a confirmed premiere date. Paul Scheer tweeted out the news today that the show's 13-episode sixth season will kick off on Wednesday, September 3rd at 10:00pm followed by new episodes of Ali G Rezurection at 10:30. Here's what Paul Scheer had to say on the show in his interview with us earlier this month:

Yeah, I actually started this week. We are back for season six. I just got a bunch of the scripts and am in the middle reading them now. We'll be back, I think, in September, and maybe I'm giving [...]

Ron Livingston to Star in AMC's 'We Hate Paul Revere' Comedy Pilot

It's been over a year and a half since AMC announced that they were working on a Colonial Boston-themed comedy pilot by Whitney writer/producers Adrian Wenner and Ethan Sandler called We Hate Paul Revere, but today The Wrap reports that the network has finally signed on a star to play the titular role. Office Space's Ron Livingston has officially been cast to play Paul Revere in the show, while SNL, Funny or Die, and The Spoils of Babylon's Matt Piedmont will direct. Director/producer Troy Miller — who has worked on Arrested Development, Flight of the Conchords, Parks and Rec, and The Office — will also work as [...]